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As we know from history, Kanchi was a center for learning at the time. Hundreds of great pundits were living in Kanchi. The famous pundit Sri Appayya Dîkshita had his residence in Kanchi. When Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha came to Kanchi, Sri Appayya Dîkshita was not in town but, the other pundits were introducing themselves to protect the respect and fame of the city. Many Advaita and VishishhTaadvaita pundits were defeated by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha in the space of four to five months. After that, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha had to argue against two great `mîmaamsa' pundits and it appeared as though the debate was reaching a deadlocked state. After a couple of days passed, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha translated the pundits' 'puurvapaksha' and started criticizing them one by one by giving proofs. The pundits were astonished by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha's knowledge, spiritual powers, and the way he was tackling the issues. The words coming out from Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was like the sacred mother river Ganges. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha concluded his talk by establishing the `siddhaanta' of Srimad Achaarya. The judges were extremely impressed and gave ajudgement declaring Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha the winner. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha's guru Sri Surendra Tîrtha became extremely happy seeing the victory.
After the victory in Kanchi, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha came to Karnataka while Sri Surendra Tîrtha went on tour to Sri Rameshwara. For many days, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha settled in Karnataka worshipping Sri Moola Raama, giving spiritual advice to the devotees, conquoring many pundits and thereby established the Veda-mata siddhaanta of Srimad Achaarya. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was in Kolar, Karnataka for about a month and easily conquered pundits like Sri Sudarshana Charya, Sri Krishna Batta and Araadhya. For the rememberance of this victory, Sri Vijayîndra theeertha built a temple of Sri Vijaya Maaruti which can be seen even now in Kolar. From Kolar, Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha moved to Tumkur, Karnataka. From Tumkur, Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha and Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha arrived in Udupi to have the darshan of Lord Sri Krishna. While they were in Udupi, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha came to know that his Guru Sri Surendra Tîrtha was not in good health. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha got permission from Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha to go to Kanchi in order to take care of his Guru. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha looked after his guru so well that Sri Surendra Tîrtha became healthy and fit.
Sri Surendra Tîrtha had two main responsibalites. The first one was was to find a successor to rule the Vedanta empire of Srimad Achaarya. This was accomplished by getting Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha from Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha. The second one was to visit all sacred places and temples in India. Sri Surendra Tîrtha decided to undertake the second assignment and one auspicious day he started his tour. After a couple of days, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha got a message that Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha was very keen in seeing him. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha immediately started journey to Vijayanagara to see his vidyaa-guru. Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha was very happy to see his shishhya (student) and gave Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha many `upadesha'-s and duties to be performed in order to establish the `siddhaanta' of Srimad Achaarya. In the month of phalguna, Krishna paksha(second half), Chouthi (Fourth day), Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha left this world. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha left Vijayanagara and moved towards Madurai. During this travel, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha visited Vyaasa Samudra, NanjanGud and Sri Ranga. From Sri Ranga, he moved to Madurai at the request of the king Vishvanatha Nayaka. At the same time, Sri Surendra Tîrtha completed his India tour and came to Madurai. It took nearly four years for Sri Surendra Tîrtha to complete the tour and Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was happy to see his Guru back. Both the saints decided to move to Tanjore in order to establish the Veda mata-siddanta there. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha composed many works during the time he traveled between Vijayanagara and Madurai.
The argument between Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha and Lingaraja.
The citizens of Kumbakonam were delighted to learn about the presence of Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha in Madurai. There were strong reasons to get delighted. For the past fifteen to twenty years, there had lived a Shaiva scholar named Lingaraja in Kumbakonam who not only captured the management of all the temples in the city but also was converting all the Brahmins into Saivites. The Saiva saint was very skilled and was also the possessor of occult powers. The Brahmin pundits were unable to compete with Lingaraja and were extremely dissappointed for not able to stand in front of this Saiva saint. The Bramhin community became extremely happy at the arrival of Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha to Madurai and they requested Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha to come to Kumbakonam and establish the Veda-mata-siddhânta in their city. Sri Surendra Tîrtha after hearing the incidents from the citizens of Kumbakonam, gave permission to Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha to reside in Kumbakonam and stop the disaster of forceful Saiva conversion by Lingaraja. Sri Surendra Tîrtha blessed Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha with best wishes and said that Sri Moola Raama would be pleased by the establishment of Srimad Acharya's siddanta in Kumbakonam.
Then one day, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was in deep meditation. Suddenly, he saw Lord Vishnu and Srimad Acharya in his heart. At the same time, Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha appeared in front of Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha and blessed him. Moments later, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha saw the divine mother sitting on a lion, having many weapons in her hand and having a pleasing face. It was the divine mother Sri Mangalambike in front of Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha came to bless him. The divine mother blessed the saint, prophesizing that he would be victorious in the debate with Lingaraja. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha came to Kumbakonam and Sri Lingaraja came to know about it. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha and Lingaraja agree that the arguement be in the temple of Sri Kumbeswara. It was decided that if Lingaraja is defeated he has to stop forceful conversion of people into saivism and surrender all the property and management of the temples to Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha. If Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha is defeated, he would convert into a saivite and become a follower of Lingaraja. Lingaraja started the arguement by stateing that the Vedas have weakness and vedas were human composed . Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha very easily criticised Lingaraja by giving many proofs which showed that Vedas are true and that vedas are not composed by any one(ApouruSheyaa). Vedas are known by three words namely 'Veda', 'Shruthi' and 'Drushthi'. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha explained the meaning of these words as follows: Veda meaning 'Vedyatha ithe vedaha' which means Vedas are the ones that are understood, Shruthi meaning 'Shrooyatha ithe Shruthihi' which means that Vedas are the ones that are being heard and Drushthi meaning 'Drushyatha ithe Drushtihi' which means that vedas are the ones that are seen. So, Vedas are the ones that are understood, heard and seen and it is not composed by any one. This way, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha proved his point that Vedas are 'ApouruSheyaa'.
Then came the topic who is supreme. Lingaraja with the help of Kourma, Lainga puranas started to state that Lord Shiva is the supreme and challenged Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha how he can prove that Sri Naaraayana is supreme. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha said although it is mentioned that Lord Shiva is supreme in puranas like Lainga, Kourma etc., this point is against the Shrutis and Saathvika puranas and so it is not true. Also, puranas like Lainga,Shaiva etc., are thamasik. Lingaraja became furious and demanded how Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha can prove that Lainga, Kourma puranas are Thamasik. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha gave proof by stateing that this division (Saathvik, Raajasik and Thaamasik) is done by Sri Veda Vyaasa himself who is the authority said as follows.
Vaishnavam Naaradeeyam Cha thatha Bhagavatham Shubham Garudam Cha thatha Paadmam Varaaham Shubha Darshane ShaDeThani Puranaani Saathvikaani Mathaani why Bramhaandam BrahmaVaivartham Maarkaandaiyam thathaiva cha BhavidhshyadhVaamanam Braamham Raajasaani Nibhodhamae Maathsyam Kourmam thatha Laingam Shaivam Skaandam Thathaiva cha AagnaeYam cha ShaDethani Thaamasa NirayaPradaha
which means that there are six puranas that are Saathvik. These puranas are Vishnu, Naarada, Bhaagavatha, Garuda, Padma and Varaaha. The Raajasik puranas are Bramhaanda, BramhaVaivartha, Maarkaandaeya, Bhavishyothara, Vaamana and Bramha. The six thamasik puranas are Maathsya, Kourma, Lainga, Skaanda, Shaiva and Aagnaeya.
Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha also mentioned that the Smruthi Shaastras are of three kinds Saathvika, Raajasa and Thamasa. The judges got convinced about the proof given by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha and told Lingaraja that the proof has been given. The judges continued to state that since the debate was based on Shastras and only texts that can be believed are the Saatvika ones, so, as per the Shrutis and Saatvika Puranas, Sri Naaraayana is the Supreme (Sri Hari Sarvothamma) and Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha is correct in this arguement.
Lingaraja now turned the point towards Lord Narasimha. He started telling that Lord Narasimha was defeated by Sri Veera Bhadra. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha criticized this by stateing that the information about Lord Narasimha being defeated by Lord Veera Bhadra is in Skaanda Puraana. Skaanda puraana is Thamasik and hence cannot be taken as a proof. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha very cleverly solved this point by quoteing that in Shaiva puraana, it is mentioned that Lord Rudra in the form of Sharabha defeats Lord Narasimha. But, in Skaanda puraana, it is mentioned that Lord Veera Bhadra defeats Lord Narasimha. So, who defeated Lord Narasimha? Is it Lord Rudra or Lord Veera Bhadra? If you say it is Lord Rudra then, it is against Shaiva puraana. If you say it is Lord Rudra then it is against Skaanda Puraana. Lingaraja's argument was based on the Thamasa puranas and Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha created a suspision in Lingaraja's argument. Lingaraja became so confused and all the people who were watching the argument were amazed at the way Sri Vijayîndra Tiirtha disproved Lingaraja's point by creating this suspision. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha continued further and said that the authentic information is only in Saatvika puranas and since Lingaraja's point is based on Thamasik puranaas which is against various Shrutis, Smrutis and Saatvika puranas, it is a bluder to tell that Lord Narasimha was defeated by Lord Rudra or Lord Veera Bhadra. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha described Lord Narasimha as 'Narasimhasya KaeValam Jyothireka ManaaDyantam' which means that Lord Narasimha is Infinite and who has no destruction. For the one who is infinite and who is undestructable, how can it have an end? So, as mentioned in the Saatvika puranas, Lord Narasimha destroyed Sharabha. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha gave one more proof from a Shruthi as 'Harim Harantha Manuyanthi VishVasyeeShaanam VrushaBham Matheenaam' which means that Lord Rudra who is praised by 'Eeshaana' word was destroyed by Lord Hari(i.e. Lord Narasimha). Also, the Smruthi states that
BramhaanaMindram RudramCha Yamam Varunamaevacha| Nihasya Harathe YasmaaThasMyaaDharereHoochayathe||
Which means that Lord Bramha, Lord Indra, Lord Rudra, Lord Yama, Lord Varuna get destroyed by Lord Hari (i.e. Lord Narasimha) during the Pralaya period. This means that Lord Hari is the supreme(Sarvothamma), Lord Hari is the creator, Protector and destroyer of these worlds, Lord Hari is the ParaBramha as mentioned in the Vedas, Shrutis, Smrutis and Puraanas.
This way the argument went for many days, and everyday, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha turned out to be the winner and all the points that Lingaraja upheld were very easily turn down by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha. At last, Lingaraja became speechless and accepted the defeat by bowing his head.
Needless to say, the judges concluded that Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was won the argument. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha praised Lingaraja that he was a great scholar and could not establish the Shaiva matha because all your arguments were based on thamasik puranas which are not correct. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha commended Lingaraja that it was a great pleasure to argue with a scholar like him, wished him best wishes and gave lot of gifts to him. Lingaraja then came forward, bowed at Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha and surrendered the keys of all the temples and the Shaiva mutt. Lingaraja then decided to leave the town of Kumbakonam.
Establishment of Sanskrit University(Vidyaa peetha)
Kumbakonam was chosen by Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha to establish a Sanskrit University. Establishing a Sanskrit University was one of the dream of Sri Vyaasa Tîrtha. The university was the center for learning Vedas, Chandassu, Vyaakarana, Astrology, Tarka, poetic arts, Puraanas, Dharma shastra etc. The university provided excellent boarding and lodging facilities. The king of Vijayanagara Sri Chavappa Nayaka offered lot of land and money for the developent of the university. The university had the atmosphere of the old guru kula style. Sri Surendra Tîrtha became the chansellor of the university. The sanskrit university became one of the best centres for learning in India.
The king of Vijayanagara empire requested Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha to come and settle in Vijayanagara for some time. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha with the permission from Sri Surendra Tîrtha accepts the offer and moves to Vijayanagar. The king of Vijayanagar expresses his desire to perform RathnaaBhisheka( Honor of sitting on the Vijayanaga throne) to Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha. Although, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha did not like it very much, he had to accept the request made by the king. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha sat on the throne of Vijayanaga empire, the pundits praise Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha as 'Sri MadVaidika Sadvaishnava Siddantha SamsthapanaAcharya Sri JagadGuru Sriman MadvaAcharya Mukya Samsthaana Poorvaadhi Mateya Vidyaa SimhaasanaaDheeshwara Srimad Raghunandana Tîrtha SriPaada karakamala Sanjaatha, Srimath Surendra Tîrtha Sripaada Varakumaaraka Srimad Vijayîndra Tîrtha Yathi SaarvaBhouma Jaya Jaya'. The king of Vijayanagara offered many land, Gold, and many other precious metals to Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha. Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha contributed everyhing that he received from the king to the pundits and to the sanskrit university. The people of Vijayanagara were amazed at the generosity of the saint donated all the wealth for a good cause.
Wizard surrenders to Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha
One afternoon, Sri Vijayîndra Tîrtha was reading some works and a disciple came running and told the saint that a wizard from Kerala has come to see you. The appearance of the wizard was so dreadful and he started talking to the saint with a attitude 'Are you Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha? You defeated Lingaraja and said that any one can challenge you in 64 different arts. If are bold enough, can you challenge my wizard craft?'. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha very seriously tells the wizard that by Lord Sri Hari's grace he can easily win against the wizard craft. The wizard then drew seven concentric lines and placed a lemon in the centre. The wizard started mermurring some words and said that this wizard craft is very dangerous and you have to cross all the seven lines and get that lemon fruit. The wizard continued to tell that at each line crossing there is fire, weapons and snakes to kill you. The wizard said 'Are you sure you want to take this task?'. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha with a smile said to the wizard that your wizard craft based on devil worship should be criticized and people like you are bad elements in the soceity and it is not a big deal to defeat you, one of my student will take the challenge. Sri Vijayeebdra Tiirtha called one of his student named BheemaSena and told him get the lemon crossing the lines. BheemaSena, bowed to Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and started to cross the lines one by one. When BheemaSena crossed the forth line he saw a a big ball of fire and the fire was turned into milk and sprinkled on him. At the fifth line, a snake approached him and to the surprise a Garuda bird came and carried away the snake. At the sixth line, a sharp weapon came to destroy BheemaSena. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha meditated on Lord Moola Raama and the weapon was transformed into a flower garland and BheemaSena had it in his neck. The wizard bacame very afraid at the action of BheemaSena and did not know what to do. BheemaSena easily crossed the seventh line, lifted the lemon and laid it at the feet of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. Thus, it was a victory to Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and the wizard accepted his defeat. The wizard bowed at Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and said that none so far had guts to defeat him but, I got defeated by a student of yours. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha advised the wizard not to practise the wizard craft and move in a good path. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha chanted on Lord Narasimha, composed a song on the lord called 'Narasimha Stotra' to commemarate the victory and surrendered the victory certificate at the feet of Lord Narasimha. This icon of Lord Narasimha can be seen even now in Sri Raghavendra swamy mutt as 'Shodasha Baahu(16 handed) Sri Narasimha Murthy'.
Many other miracles shown by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha
Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha has shown many many miracles which have proved that the saint is undispuetably victorious. Some of the miracles shown by this great saint are as follows.
A very famous gymnast contested against Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. The gymnast displayed various plays like walking on a rope, climbing a tall bamboo log and displaying his talent on it. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha appreciated the gymnast but, commented that using support like rope and bamboo to display the gymnast talent is common. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha called some of his students and told them to connect the pedestle(Gopura) of two temples Sri Kumbeswara & Sri Saaranga pani using banana leaf thread. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha went up the pedestle of Sri Kumbeswara temple and started walking on the banana thread and reached the pedestle of Sri Saaranga paani temple. The thread was so delicate that even touching the thread would cut it and Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha walked on this kind of thread. The gymnast was shocked to see such a miracle and accepted his defeat.
2. Deva Daasi accepts the defeat
A deva daasi challenged Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha to defeat her. It seems the deva daasi was a master in Kaama Shastra. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha called one of his desciple and gave him a flower garland and told him to tie to the right hand of deva daasi. The very moment the flower garland touched the woman, she experienced great happiness and fainted. After some time she woke up, surrendered to Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and told all the people that 'What a kind of surpraise?', I got defeated by touching a flower garland given by a desciple of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha.
3. The secret of Indriya Nigraha(Control of senses), Jeethendra(control of mind) Sri Vijayiindra
A couple of days have passed after Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha defeated the deva daasi, a Bramhin from Kerala wanted to know how the saint can control his mind (Jeethendra). The Bramhin was accompanied by a couple of beautiful women and they were irresitable. The bramhin said that these women would perform their tallent in front of you(Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha) and you should not become unstable(Should have a stable mind). Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha accepted the talent and to make the test more interesting, he called one of his student and told him to bring a banana leaf and used the banana leaf as a Koupeena. The beautiful woman started showing their talent in front of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and tried to win the heart of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha kept his mind at the lotus feet of Sri Moola Raama and started meditating on Lord Sri Naaraayana. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha started thinking on the word 'Naaraayana' which means 'Naaraanaam Ayanaha Naaraayanaha' i.e. the one who is full in good qualities and the one who is praised by the Apourusheya Vedas as the one who does not have any weakness(Dhosha). The beautiful women group started to sing with their great voices and started dancing in front of the saint but, it all failed. The women were shocked at Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha's control of senses but, continued to play lot of tricks. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha kept his mind at the lotus feet of Manmatha Manmatha(Father of Manmatha) Lord Vishnu and kept all his senses at the lotus feet of ParaBramha(Supreme) who is Lord Naaraayana. The group of beautiful woman failed to accomplish their task and were terribly shocked seeing the control of senses Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha had. The group of woman surrendered at the feet of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and asked him for forgiveness. All the people who were witnessing the contest cheered on Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and shouted 'Ajeya Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha victory victory to you, Jeethendra Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha Victory to you'.
4. Victory against a Buddhist from China
The glory of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha was spread over India and other countries. The title 'Ajeya'(victorious) to Sri Vijayiindra thertha was most appropriate as the saint used to win against all who were talented in sixty four arts. It so happened that a Buddhist wanted to contest against our Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha easily conquored the buddhist by showing lot of proof in the Vedas and Shastras. The buddhist was amzed at Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and told to the mass of people that he had never in his life seen such a scholar like Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha.
5. Mastery in jewelary art.
There were some people in Kumbakona who were jealous of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and they inspired a jeweler named Vinayaka Ramachandra joshi to contest against the saint. The jeweler invited Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha to the contest. The jeweler and Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha started to work on a ornament. Both of them worked for many hours for a couple of days and each of them came up with a beautiful ornament made up of nine different pearls. The judges saw both the ornaments and the ornament created by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha was much superior than the jeweler. The jeweler was stunned seeing the art work of the saint and told the judges that this kind of jewelery work is not possible by a normal human being and the saint must be a 'Devamsha Sambootha' i.e. a Sura or Deva. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha had carved the Lord Sri Raama, Sri Seetha and Sri Laksmana in the ornament and this ornament (Sri Raama padaka) can be seen even now in Sri Raghavendra Swamy mutt.
6. Sri Basava(Ox) transformed into Sri Hanuma
Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha's fame started growing day by day and this became a real pain to some people who could not resist it. There were a group of wicked people who were supporters of Sri Lingaraja who was defeated by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha, waiting for a chance to bring a black mark to the saint. As mentioned earlier, the management of all the temples belonging to the sects of Advaita and Vishishtadvaita in Kumbakonam were held by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and the people beloging to these two sects were living in peace and harmony. The wicked group worked out a plan wherein they tried to separate the people belonging to the sects of Advaita and Vishishtadvaita. The wicked people thought that by separating these two sects, it would bring a black mark on Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. The temples of Sri Kumbeswara and Saaranga Paani were separated by a lake. Right from ancient times, the lake belonged to Sri Saaranga Paani temple. The wicked group of people approached the priests of Sri Kumbeswara temple and told them that the lake belonged to Sri Kumbeswara temple and not Sri Saaranaga Paani temple. The priests beleived the wicked people words and this slowly spread to the sects of Advaita and Vishishtadvaita which created a cold war between the sects. The wicked people convinced the Advaita people sect that the lake has many signs belonging to Lord Shiva and so the lake belonged to Sri Kumbeswara. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha came to know about this cold war and decided to stop this cold war. A test was arranged to see if there were really signs of Lord Shiva in the lake. It was decided that if the lake had Shaiva signs then the lake will be the property of Sri Kumbeswara and if it had Vaishnava signs it would remain the property of Sri Saaranga Paani. On the night before the test day, the wicked group of people brought thousands of Lord Shiva Linga stones and they drowned them in the lake. The next morning was the test day and Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha came near the lake, meditated on Lord Sri Moola Raama and poured some MantraAkshita(Red colored sacred rice) into the lake. A team of four to six people dived into the lake and they started bringing the items that were found in the lake. What a surprise!! All the items taken out from the lake were idols of Lord Sri Hanuman and Sri ShaaliGraama stones. The wicked group of people could not beleive themselves as they had personally poured thousands of Lord Shiva Linga stones into the lake. It was the miracle and the great devotion of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha that all the Sri Basava and Lord Shiva linga stones were transformed into Sri Hanuma and Sri Shaaligraama stones. This proved that the lake belonged to Sri Saaranga Paani temple and the sects of people belonging to Advaita and Vishishtadvaita who beleived the words of wicked group nodded their heads in shame and surrendered to Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha to pardon them. The wicked people group who were desciples of Sri Linga Raaja fled the scene in shame.
Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha names Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha as his successor
There was a great scholar named Sri NaaraayanaAcharya who was a desciple of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. Sri NaaraayanaAcharya was a expert in Nyaaya & Vedanta shastra, was a great poet and belonged to Shastika community. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha offeres the Paramahamsaashrama to Sri NaaraayanaAcharya and the new saint was named Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha.
For many years, Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha served Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha with great devotion and respect. On 28th June 1614, Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha decides to make Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha as his prime successor and placed him on the throne sat by Srimad Acharya. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha gave the keys to Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha for the boxes containing Sri Moola Raama and other sacred idols and the library having the sacred works composed by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and other saints. Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha performed the pooja of Sri Moola Raama the same day he was named the prime successor. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha preached many upadeshas to Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha and to his devotees.
Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha completes his incarnation
Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha gave his final upadesha(teachings) to his devotees by telling that the teachings preached by him were the same preached by Srimad Acharya. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha urged his devotees to follow the path shown by Srimad Acharya and said that this path will lead a person to the doors of Sri Vaikunta (the home of Sriman Naaraayana). Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha then started meditating on the lotus feet of Sri Moola Raama and started chanting 'Om namo Naaraayanaya'. The sacred word 'Naaraayana', 'Naaraayana' started coming out of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and there was a bright shine of Bramha tejas coming out of the saint. Finally, Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha, offered his 'Aatma Phuspa'(life) at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Naaraayana and the saint successfully completed his incarnation on this earth. Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha was very respectfully and with great devotion was placed in a Brindavana in Kumbakonam.
Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha could not resist the separation of his guru Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha and started crying like a small child. Sri Sudeendra Tiirtha accompanied by great scholar devotees took a holy dip in the river Cauvery and performed the pooja of Sri Moola Raama in front of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha brindavana. After the pooja, Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha placed the idols of Sri Moola Raama, Sri Jaya Raama and Sri Digvijaya Raama in a gold plate and placed it over the the sacred Brindavana of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha. Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha then performed kanakaabhisheka(pooja by pouring items made of gold), mahamangalaarathi(seva of many lights) and bowed at the brindavana. Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha then composed the charama sloka of Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha as shown below.
BhakThaaNaam MaanaSaam Bhoja Bhaanave Kaamadhenave NamaThaam Kalpatharuve Jayeendra Guruve Namaha
Born by the grace of Sri Vyaasa Tiirtha in 1517, Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha got his education from Sri Chandrika Acharya. The saint was then gifted by Sri Vyaasa Tiirtha to Sri Surendra Tiirtha, ruled the throne of Srimad Acharya, served his guru Sri Surendra Tiirtha, showed many great miracles, won many scholars which proved that he was undoubtedly victorious(Ajeya), got respected by many kings and emporers, composed 104 great works, reestablished the siddanta of Srimad Acharya, in the year 1614 offered the throne of Srimad Acharya to Sri Sudheendra Tiirtha and at the orders of Lord Sri Vishnu and Srimad Acharya completed his incarnation by offering his 'Aatma Phuspa' at the lotus feet of Lord Sriman Naaraayana.
Some of the 104 works by Sri Vijayiindra Tiirtha
Bramhasutra Bhasyaa Tippani Tatva Maanikya Peete Bramhasutra Nyaaya Sangraha Nayamukuraha Nayanamanjari Madhva Siddanta Saarodhara . . and other works to be added here.....
Sri Guru Vijayiindra Thiirtho Vijayathe. Sri Man Moola Raamo Vijayathe. Samastha Sanmangalaali Bhavanthu.
Sri Vjayeendra Tiirtha Guruvanthargatha Sri Bharathi Ramana Mukya Praananthargatha Sri Moola Raama Sri Krishna Sri Veda Vyaasatmaka Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Preeyatham Sri Moola Gopaala KrishnaArpana Masthu.
This section is due to Bala Krishna.
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